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NATIONS CUP
Canada's Brooks Defends Title, Winning the 2020 Series in Dominant Fashion!
2020 Series Nations Cup Stage 3(North America)
08/09/2020

The third stage of the 2020 Nations Cup began on July 7. Canada's Andrew Brooks (PX7-Deafsun) started the stage in 1st place—an exact repeat of the Manufacturer Series. Brooks was further aided by the fact that his closest rival, USA's Randall Haywood (TX3_Originals), struggled in the third stage, failing to outscore the Canadian in any race.

Haywood's fellow American driver Daniel Solis (PX7-Lamb) fared better, going head-to-head with Brooks in Round 24 and getting the better of him there, scoring 449 points. But an unfortunate network error resulted in him scoring zero points in Round 28.

Despite not winning Round 24, Brooks did manage to take in 400 points in that contest, a feat he repeated in Round 28 to consolidate his position at the top of the rankings.

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The final race of Stage 3 on the Sardegna Road Track in X2019 Competition cars saw Brooks in pole position, with Solis right behind. The second race favorite, Haywood, started way back in 7th.

A fierce battle for 2nd place allowed Brooks to open up a considerable lead at the start of the race, which he would not relinquish. By Lap 4, Solis' pace began to drop, and he was overtaken by Tristan Bayless (roadbeef) and Robert Heck (R_Heck), dropping him down to 4th place. With their eye on the race leader, Bayless and Heck charged hard, and dove into the pits for their first tire changes on Lap 8, while Brooks, who had already built up a 10-sec. lead, pitted a lap later.

On Lap 15, the top three drivers (Brooks, Bayless, and Heck) all made their second pit stops, then two laps later, Bayless drove into Dean Heldt (VLX_Deano), which resulted in a five-second penalty that dropped down to 4th place. All the while Brooks drove flawlessly, building up a staggering 17-sec. cushion by the final lap. He made his last mandatory tire change without a worry in the world, and crossing the finish line with time to spare.

It was a truly dominant performance from Brooks; his pole-to-win victory was the perfect way to cap a great 2020 series. The win also secured secure him a place in the Nations Cup for the second straight year.

Brooks has his share of heartbreaks in the past, including in the last Word Tour; however, if he can keep up the cool-headed driving that he displayed this season, he is bound to be a serious contender.

Rank Driver DR SR Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Rd. 4 Rd. 5 Rd. 6 Rd. 7 Rd. 8 Rd. 9 Rd. 10 Rd. 11 Rd. 12 Rd. 13 Rd. 14 Rd. 15 Rd. 16 Rd. 17 Rd. 18 Rd. 19 Rd. 20 Rd. 21 Rd. 22 Rd. 23 Rd. 24 Rd. 25 Rd. 26 Rd. 27 Rd. 28 Rd. 29 Rd. 30 Total
1 Canada PX7-Deafsun S S - 327 392 275 - 314 406 - 322 388 - - - - - 403 - - - 408 - - - 433 - - - 428 - 424 3282
2 USA TX3_Originals S S - 259 364 - - - 391 - 312 419 - - - - - 419 - - - 377 - 306 322 416 - - - 381 - 377 3144
3 USA PX7-Lamb S S - 313 378 288 - 300 346 - 341 404 - - - - - 387 - - - 424 - - - 449 - - - 0 - 408 3137
4 USA R_Heck S S - 312 335 - 38 263 376 229 314 342 - - - - - 307 - - 309 205 263 - 336 383 - 209 324 365 - 393 2854
5 USA PX7-Windfire S S - 300 349 - 292 287 331 - 282 358 - - - 306 323 323 - - 334 361 - - - 399 - 314 298 396 - 283 2851
6 USA roadbeef S S - - 267 276 - 274 331 284 327 373 278 302 - - - 339 - 314 321 248 279 319 308 366 301 - - 412 - 361 2830
7 Canada R8G_LLOYDZELITE S S - 296 - - - - - - - 297 303 - - 305 337 435 - - - 392 320 - - 349 - - - - - - 2738
8 Canada Turismo-lester S S 262 299 321 261 231 283 361 324 269 281 269 266 145 - 309 257 269 301 255 346 - 273 304 333 246 286 156 318 222 262 2616
9 USA TX3_Cooper S S - 228 - - 303 312 257 - 300 - - - 287 - 329 355 286 - 307 - - - 321 - - - - 333 - - 2560
10 USA DNA_Pelikan S S - - - 238 312 - 292 - 286 311 - - 296 293 315 242 274 244 270 330 - 252 291 283 268 - 312 349 204 315 2540

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